Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali Shines Bright For 'GQ Style'

All Photos: Erik Madigan Heck

Moonlight's Mahershala Ali shines bright in bold spring fashion in the new issue of GQ Style

In addition to posing-the-house-down (boots!), Ali shares his own Oscar winners.

Best Actor
Especially as an African-American, you need to see yourself reflected in some way. And I've looked at Denzel [Washington]. And I've looked at Forest Whitaker. He's an extraordinary actor, but he's also a character actor. And I feel similar to him. I draw inspiration from him, because in some ways, he's kind of present against all odds. You can't necessarily say what he is. I've been watching him since Fast Times at Ridgemont High, when he was a kid. I remember when he came on-screen in Fast Times, and just his presence alone made me kind of take a step back.

Check out these gorgeous portraits from photographer Erik Madigan Heck, then head to GQ Style for more!

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